Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be.

Our organization values artists, art in all communities, and the importance of interaction between the two. Through an array of artists receiving fair wages for their work, we broaden perceptions of art while maintaining respect for the environment and communities in which we work.

In May 2016, the Board and Staff took on the task of creating a cohesive vision for Art Shanty Projects to ensure: 

  1. Inclusivity and joy through strengthened relationships with key audiences, artists and partners.
  2. The right people and plans are in place to continually grow our collective knowledge, build reflection into improved processes, and celebrate success.
  3. High quality experiences that reflect our values for artists, audiences and the community.
  4. Broad attention and recognition in the field by developing and communicating our knowledge of creative placemaking and interactive public art.

Art Shanty Projects Vision Chart

Board Members

Art Shanty Projects trustees are guardians of the mission who ensure compliance with legal and financial requirements while also enforcing ethical guidelines. The purpose of the Board is to set general direction for and govern the organization in a manner that fosters positive relationships in the community. Member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please send your resume, bio and interest form to admin@artshantyprojects.org.



David Pitman
Peter Haakon Thompson



Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Artistic Director and Interim Executive Director

Tom Loftus, Community Outreach Director


Nat Locke, Parking Coordinator

Amelia Foster, Volunteer Coordinator

Shelia Novak, On-Ice Coordinator

Alex Hage, Graphic Designer
Small Multiples

Jill Emmer, Photographer
Shine On Photos, LLC

Krissy Welle, Social Media Manager

2016 Board of Directors


Marlaine Cox - Chair
Artist, Former Shanty Artist

Clover Earl - Vice Chair
Professional Co-Active Coach,
Private Practice

Scot Nortrom
Operations Manger at
Community Design Group

Julia Sisson
Artist, Financial Wellness Coach at EMERGE

Monica Sheets 
Artist, Former Shanty Artist & 
Volunteer Coordinator

Cali Mastny
Community Artist

Greg Mann - Treasurer
Tax Accountant at Fox Tax Service

Caitlin Warner - Secretary
Artist, Tax Accountant at Fox Tax Service

Sara Shives
Freelance Theater and Event Producer, Production Manager at TheJungle Theater

Jonathan Herrera
Artist and Student at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Ilana Percher
PhD Candidate in Physics at University of Minnesota, Artist

If you are interested in lending your expertise to our organization, please contact us for board, committee or volunteer opportunities.